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CNN
Oct 14, 2013 10:00am PDT
at the white house. attention has shifted to harry reid and the minority leader mitch mcconnell. they have just wrapped up a meeting within the past half hour. reid saying they're getting closer and closer to a deal. minutes ago, president obama said there is some progress on the senate side. we should get the videotape of the president. he's been outside of the white house, any minute now, we're going to bring you his comments as soon as they come in. stand by for that. meanwhile, republican senator bob corker of tennessee says the reid-mcconnell talks under way right now are where a deal is most likely to come from. >> i think at the end of the day, the culmination needs to be something between mcconnell and reid. and i think that all of the side talks that have occurred have helped create an environment for that to happen. so you know, i think -- i know mitch and harry are talking and i think we're about to get to a place where you know, again, we can move something hopefully off the senate floor that's widely bipartisan. i think it's going to take that to having something move pro
CNN
Oct 14, 2013 2:00pm EDT
as house minority leader nancy pelosi. also harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell. right now, the senate convenes, and these two huge players, mcconnell and reid, are expected to speak. we're watching very closely. we've been reporting this meeting, reid and mcconnell's office, the talking that's taking place, and what these two say could indicate the face of the country, really, at this point in time. fast-moving story. dana bash has been all over it. she's our chief congressional correspondent. i understand reid has been back in mcconnell's office. tell me, is this a good sign heading into this white house meeting in 60 minutes? >> it sure seems like a good sign. i just came to talk to you from standing outside of mcconnell's office which is kind of on the other side of the capitol, we expect both of them to leave there soon to speak publicly on the senate floor. but as reid was walking into mcconnell's office, ted barrett saw he was holding a piece of paper, which is a good sign, and he said we're going over the deal. the question is, are you there yet? he said, not ye
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 2:00pm PDT
. liberals, i'm going to convince you tonight that this guy right here, mitch mcconnell, is really a good guy. you can deal with him. just take those record number of filibusters and cast them aside. they really weren't real. just let's cast aside that his number-one goal was to defeat president obama. cast aside that his number two goal was to make sure that obama care never got implemented. come on now. we can get harry and mitch together to do a deal. and everything is going to be okay, the shutdown will be over with, we won't default, we'll pay our bills, life will be good. and we'll be the america that we want to be. i'm sorry, folks. i've -- can take on some challenges, but i can't sell that one. i can't sell that one. and you know what? because there's no way anyone could sell it, because it simply isn't the truth. i'm telling you tonight, folks, this is the truth. you cannot deal with this guy. this is all about political cover right now. this is all about republican senators being able to go back home with some terrible poll numbers and say, it's not my fault. not my fault at all
CNN
Oct 16, 2013 12:00pm EDT
u.s. senate. you heard harry reid the majority leader saying he wanted to wait for mitch mcconnell to come up. that's presumably when they will make their announcement about this, let's call it a tentative deal that appears to be in the works, a deal that would get the government fully operational at least for a while until january 15th and raise the nation's debt ceiling until february 7th. gloria borg ser here once again, we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. gloria, what does it say about these two leaders, the majority leader and the minority leader that apparently they've been able to do what so many other folks couldn't do, especially in the house of representatives, work out a deal? >> well, it says a couple of things. as you know, wolf, they're not close friends. harry reid and mitch mcconnell have effectively campaigned against each other not in their states but raised money for the campaign committees to defeat the other one. mcconnell's in a race now for re-election and harry reid is helping his opponent. so they're not close. but wh
Al Jazeera America
Oct 16, 2013 12:00pm EDT
leader mitch mcconnell from kentucky who is expected to be the one who announces that a deal has been made. >>> wall street meanwhile welcoming word of a potential agreement. the dow has been in triple digits for most of the day. right now up 200 points. here is senate majority leader, harry reid. >> a default on the nation's bills. compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs. it's never easy for two sides to reach consensus. this time was really hard. but after weeks spent facing off across a partisan divide that often seemed too wide to cross, our country came to the brink of a disaster, but in the end political adversaries set aside their differences to prevent that disaster. i thank the republican leader for his diligent efforts to reach this important agreement. republican leader's cooperation is essential to reach an accord that could pass both chamers of kong and be signed by president obama. as part of our agreement in order to ensure that congress continues the work of setting this country on a path of fiscal sustainability, we'll se
MSNBC
Oct 16, 2013 12:00pm EDT
the brink, at least certainly when it came to the fiscal cliff, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is the republican who folks go to to say, help us get a deal. >> you know, i think that's part of the problem, but i think boehner's biggest problem is he needs to redefine victory. in the grand bargain talks in 2011, he very well could have said, listen, i brought spending levels down. they are keeping sequestration in place for longer than harry reid wanted in this deal. that's somewhat of a victory. he should have started with much more attainable goals instead of defunding the whole health care. if they'd said, let's go for the medical device tax delay, they maybe could have gotten it. that's the problem with speaker boehner. he's defining victory in a way that's almost unattainable. when he has victory at hand, he can't claim it. >> luke, i want to ask you, you are familiar with speaker boehner. he shouts you out at press conferences from time to time. you know the man. what is the spin here from boehner's office? how do they characterize this as anything other than a debacle? >> we
CNN
Oct 14, 2013 9:00am PDT
republican leader mitch mcconnell. unclear if they've met face to face yet today or not. my understanding according to sources in both parties is they actually had discussions that were more productive than they were perceived to be over the weekend. and that you know, the issue still is how long would they raise the debt ceilinging for and how long would they fund the government. now, those are not unimportant issues. those are obviously the key issues that they have had problems over. and the line in the sand for the democratic leader i'm told in these discussions is that he doesn't want to open the government and to fund the government longer than the end of the year. why is that? because what happens in january is a new round of forced spending cuts, across the board spending cuts kick in, meaning we're already in them now and another round is going to happen. democrats do not want that to happen. they're afraid if they fund the government through then, that would lock those spending cuts in place. it's harder to get out of them. i'm also told mitch mcconnell is saying h
FOX Business
Oct 16, 2013 7:00pm EDT
taking up the harry reid and mitch mcconnell bill at any moment. it will be passing tonight before going over to the white house for the president to sign. this government shutdown in 16 days ago in speaker boehner has said we have fought the good fight, but we just didn't win. end quote. but the white house claimed victory while still taking shots at congressional republicans for their refusal to give the president exactly what he wanted. >> there are no winners here. we said that from the beginning and we are going to say it to the end because it is true. the american people have paid a price for this. nobody sent here to washington by the american people can call themselves a winner if the american people pay the price for what has happened. and the economy has suffered because of it, and it was totally unnecessary. let's just remind ourselves that we are not even out of it yet, it's not done. lou: the extent of just how much the economy has suffered is questionable at best. the dow jones industrial average, for example, gaining 1.5% since the partial government shutdown began 1
CBS
Oct 13, 2013 8:30am PDT
quote . you were there talking to mitch mcconnell on the republican side. where are we? >> well, bob, i'm cautiously hopeful, optimistic that we can come to an agreement and open up the government and avoid default based on the bipartisan meetings that are going on. >> schieffer: well, what's the sticking points? >> the good stuff is senator mcconnell and senator reid both understood the gravity of afault and mao we had to avoid it, and while i don't want to get into details, the frameworks they each had were not that far apart, a lot closer than, say, house republicans and the president. it's also very good that there are bipartisan groups meeting. i really respect what susan collins is doing. and that will-- that will help bring things about. so here's what i'd say-- with the president, with senate democrats, with senate republicans, there's a will. we now have to find a way. we know the house won't find that way. so the whole-- all of it rests on our shoulders. but finding that way is hard, but we're not out of the ballpark in any way. >> schieffer: what about undoing the sequester? i
PBS
Oct 13, 2013 5:30pm PDT
harry reid and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell spoke again today in the latest efforts to avert a u.s. government default, an event some warn could seriously damage the world which i. the deadline to increase the debt ceiling is now little more than 71 hours away. today the head of the international monetary fund issued a new warning about the dangers of a default. >> if there's that degree of disruption, that lack of certainty, that lack of trust in the u.s. signature, it would mean massive disruption the world over. we would be at risk of tipping yet again into recession. >> negotiations between president obama and house republicans faltered yesterday, so the two senate leaders began talks to try to end the now 13-day government shutdown and to agree on a plan to raise the debt ceiling. in washington today, demonstrators gathered to protest the closing of the world war ii memorial because of the shutdown. a number of them then marched to the white house. the senate was back in session today, but many house members went home yesterday. the house is not expected to resume business
Al Jazeera America
Oct 11, 2013 12:00pm EDT
deals behind the scenes, he himself has a tough reelection battle, that's mitch mcconnell of the commonwealth of kentucky, he spoke on the senate floor before arriving on the white house. >> shortly i'll join by colleagues at the white house. it will be a good idea to engage in a frank exchange if that's what the president is looking for. >> the staff of the house republicans and white house they talked through the night. we understand no major movement. the proposals and counterproposals still going g back and forth. >> what are the most recent pals saying about who americans blame for this crisis in washington? >> yeah. it's interesting. we were just talking about mitch mcconnell the fact he has this challenge from the right, and it's funded by a lot of these so-called super pacs that can spend money. sometimes their donors who are virtually announcement. ted cruz has lead the fight to challenge people just like mitch mcconnell. at this very moment the value voter's summit, many rock rib conservatives at a hotel in washington a lot of red meat being thrown out there including b
CNN
Oct 12, 2013 11:00am PDT
senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, but we don't know what really will be yielded from that, though we're being told to be optimistic. however, this is up in the air and pretty much a mess. >> harry reid looked downright depressed, despite the cordial discussion with mitch mcconnell, he said, but it does not look well. we are now awaiting susan collins, who will be speaking here at the senate shortly. we're going to get to that, coming up after the break. that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call today to request a free decision guide. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and virtually no referrals needed. join the millions who have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insuran
PBS
Oct 12, 2013 5:30pm PDT
plan. senator mitch mcconnell and senator harry reid, the two leaders of the senate, are working to try to find some sort of agreement. you also have a larger group of bipartisan senators led by susan collins, republican from maine, trying to find a compromised position. earlier this week there wasn't movement at all. it seems to be both sides were very much entrenched in their positions, that they did not want to negotiate unless the other side were willing to make concessions. democrats right now feel like they have all the leverage. there was that nbc/"wall street journal" poll that showed terrible numbers for republicans. the democrats are moving forward with the knowledge that the republicans are going to have to give more in this. at this point, they feel like the republicans have kept the government shut down and are basically steering congress towards this debt limit deadline with no real way out. >> if the senate republicans make more moderate concessions or approaches to the strags, how likely is it that the house republicans will go along with it? >> i think that's the bi
Al Jazeera America
Oct 13, 2013 12:00pm EDT
surrounding the senate chamber, involving harry reid, and mitch mcconnell and other senator republicans. the meeting was good, said harry reid afterwards. there may be movement, we don't know. >> we are four days from the october 17th default deadline, right? >> we really are, yes. >> two weeks into the government shutdown, and there has been polling that has been bad for both parties - clearly worse for the republicans, right? >> yes. >> surely there'll be a point where voters say, "i don't care who is more responsible, who i feel is more responsible. i need someone to fix this." >> there was an n b.c. washington "wall street journal" poll with a 22% difference between who people blame. they blame the republicans more than the president by a margin of 22 points. so that is very, very significant, and worrying for the republicans, who were hoping to get more senators into the senate - republican senators in the midterm elections next november. that has to be on the cards. i think it will not be one person. a lot of people are saying where is john boehner, speaker of the house. he's the
FOX Business
Oct 16, 2013 11:00am EDT
where we are. here is where we stand in d.c. we are hearing harry reid and mitch mcconnell do have a deal. senate leaders hope to have some sort of announcement before we hit the road eastern time. part of this deal would reopen the government through january january 15. a lot can happen. we will keep you up to the minute on all of this. there is much more in store as well including a nice stock market rallied on this hour of "markets now". here we go. dagen: here we go. a triple digit loss yesterday. digit loss yesterday but all over the place, wild swings based on what washington wasn't was not getting done and now is getting done. connell: or may get done. tonight but now in a rally. nicole petallides at stock exchange talking about what? nicole: talking about washington, john boehner, lawmakers getting closer, you start to see the markets take off in a positive way. the sectors have up arrows whether it is drugs or banks or technology, nasdaq composite up 1%, the dow up 3% so you are seeing a great run end news across the board. bold is pulling back and the vix, the fear index
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 6:00am PDT
larger spending number. after mitch mcconnell made it clear he would accept the plan, he blamed reid for walking away. they all pushed back this a statement disputing a bipartisan deal was accepted if reid would accept it. the minimum demand with no strings attached should not be counted as concession. >> they are not doing us a favor by opening the government. they are not doing us a favor by the debt ceiling. this is not a concession. >> senate republicans believe democrats could threaten a deal by getting greedy with the terms of surrender. >> our democratic friends keep moving the goal post thinking they are winning and saying what they thought was weakness also moved to the place. they tried to humiliate republicans and things change in american politics and i know what it's like to be in the minority and majority and it won't be forgotten. >> one, the senate does come to the rescue with the proposal the most likely vehicle for a deal. but changed around quite a bit or two, if negotiations in the senate collapse say by the end of tomorrow, speaker boehner simply puts a clean deb
CNN
Oct 13, 2013 10:00am PDT
mitch mcconnell are holding talks to end the shutdown and reach a deal on the debt ceiling just days -- four days before that deadline. let's go right to mark preston on capitol hill. mark, what's happening there? is there any movement? what are you hearing? >> reporter: i have to tell you, miguel, this is a rather rare session of the united states senate gaveling in on a sunday afternoon. we hope now that senator harry reid and senator mitch mcconnell will be able to get together. the ball has been handed to them right now. collapse is the best way to describe what has happened between the talks between house republicans and president obama that happened on friday. right now the ball is in the united states senate court. it's really in the hands of senator harry reid and senator mitch mcconnell. we're four days until the treasury says we will be out of money or be out of enough money to pay all our creditors and we are now heading into the third week of the u.s. government shutdown, miguel. >> when we say the senate is coming back into session, are they likely to hold a vote today o
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 1:00pm PDT
law within that. what we know, mitch mcconnell is going to bring this forward to a republican caucus meeting later in the senate. they'll weigh in a little bit. whatever deal, though, comes out of the senate, presumably that optimism that harry reid and mitch mcconnell had on the floor earlier, whatever comes out is going to unrun it into a house gop conference which will not like it. so the question becomes, to what degree will john boehner say no thanks and maybe amend a senate deal, perhaps the house tries to do their own thing last minute or do they just sort of bite the bullet and pass what the senate is handing over? and martin, i'll give you a quick history lesson. we have seen this movie play out before. during the fiscal cliff, mitch mcconnell and joe biden, they struck a deal at 4:00 in the morning on new year's day. >> i remember. >> reporter: the senate passed that with 70-plus something votes. the house gop immediately rejected it. but what happened later that night? john boehner put it on the floor, it passed through, eric cantor voted against it, mccarthy voted against
MSNBC
Oct 16, 2013 7:00pm EDT
what happened now. he's got an enemy in mitch mcconnell. mitch mcconnell has a tea party opponent. and he's a pretty smart guy. if he decides he wants to make life miserable for ted cruz, he k but on the other hand, he's not there to legislate, he's not there to be a member of the club. he gets his power from his martyrdom. >> so well said. i tell you, almost every demagogue has used righteous indignation as their plea. i've been screwed. they weren't strong like i am. righteous indignation. he's got that hurt, evangelical look in his face. >> he said we could have won this fight if if hadn't been for all those wimps in the senate, that the house stood strong. and so, as howard said, he is unbowed here. the good news is, is that for everybody else, other than ted cruz, every other republican who went along, was pushed along, there is no reward for this carjacking. there is only pain. at the end of the day, the republican brand is at an all-time low. the internal tensions, the civil war within the republican party has not been resolved. i think it's been exacerbated and will contin
FOX News
Oct 16, 2013 12:00pm PDT
leader mitch mcconnell said is he confidentiality that the measure will pass. check this out. this is mitch mcconnell on the senate floor and this is senator ted cruz speaking outside. speaking at exactly the same time about an hour and a half ago. saying diametrically opposed things. mcconnell all for it. perfect? no. but cruz? will have nothing of it. you can see the clock there, 12:22 daylight eastern daylight time when the senate's top republican was competing for air time with the junior first term from texas it. and really different ideas about the whole shebang. >> the relief we hope for is to reopen the government, avoid default, and protect the historic cuts we achieved under the budget control act. this is far less than many of us have hoped for, frankly. but it's far better than what some had sought. >> unfortunately, once again, it appears the washington establishment is refusing to listen to the american people. the deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of americans who are hurting because of obama care. >> still, senator cruz says that he will not sta
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 8:00am PDT
friendship, senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell are the last best hope. can they succeed so far where everybody else hasn't. >> all of us are talking about spending, which is where we should have been in the first place. and i do sense tremendous amounts of unity within senate republicans. >> so wall street does not seem to be sharing that optimism. stocks opened sharply lower this morning after a weekend that went nowhere in washington. >> the whole financial world is looking at us right now and we can governor ourselves. we've just got to put our country first. we came here for a purpose. >> so for now the government is still closed and the next crisis is coming and the financial world is moving from caution, concern, now to serious worry. here's a result of this one combined mess. it covers, look at this, the "new yorker" saying congress is the haunted house. speaking of ghosts of the past, look who revealed herself in washington this weekend, sarah palin was at senator ted cruise's side at a rally at the world war ii memorial. >> how do you tell you're losing in american politics?
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 9:00am PDT
dynamic duo of senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell. on sunday reid proposed a long-term deal. the proposal came after diagrams rejected a republican plan drafted by senator susan collins which wooch locked in deep on sequester cuts in exchange for opening the government through march. reid's offer met with chilly response from same senate republicans who claim to want a deal. >> here is what i'm worried about, a deal coming out of the senate a majority of republicans can't vote for in the house. that really does compromise speaker boehner's leadership. after all this mess is over, do we really want to compromise john boehner as leader of the house? >> i don't know. yes. maybe. senator graham raises a fair point. where is the raucous house caucus in the deal making? most data points to disarray. after reviewing his options over chinese takeouts and cigarettes, how angry the stock markets get on voting on a bill in the lower chamber. speaking of which global financial leaders warned this weekend of massive disruption the world over should america fail. somewhere between gaengha
MSNBC
Oct 15, 2013 12:00pm PDT
. while that's happening, mitch mcconnell has said to harry reid, we're not going to negotiate, i want to see what's coming out of the house of representatives. what boehner has done in the house gop conference has done, delayed the talks that were seemingly going very well between reid and mcconnell to see what the house can produce. from conversations i've had with members, it's really, real tough sledding to use a cliche for them to get to 218 on this bill, whatever it might look like. the more conservative it gets, the more it will be dismissed by reid. on your point, it makes it easier in the sense that boehner and the house gop can pass this bill over to the senate, reid in theory could amend it, striking out things he doesn't like and keeping things they could agree on, on which there is some in there and move it forward. as we get towards the october 17th deadline, this creates a huge issue if the markets react negativively and on top of that, there are folks in the house gop that don't think october 17th is that bad. if the markets react negativively, they'll yank this and pas
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 10:00am PDT
weekend, harry reid and mitch mcconnell met today. reid says he hopes to strike a deal before congressional leaders head to the white house. we'll talk to key leaders mary landry and chuck schumer and ask republican senator bob corker if he stands by this warnings prediction. >> i do hope by the end of the day we'll have an agreement that makes sense for our country. >> good day, everyone. i'm andrea mitchell in washington where key political players are trying to put a wasted weekend behind them. president obama and vice president biden are going to host senate and house leaders from both parties this afternoon. right now the prospects for a deal that can clear both chambers are still slim. tennessee senator bob corker has hope eternal serving on the bank committee calling for both sides to come together. senator, thank you very much. i know you've had a long weekend talking to leaders, international leaders. what is the latest in the form of susan collins or bipartisan group proposal can be resurrected in time to avoid the debt ceiling default. >> andrea as you know, the two
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 12:00pm EDT
headed to the hill. the republicans and specifically mitch mcconnell have been ringing the bell saying where is joe biden in all this. can we have our biden back. biden was critical to the last deal. do you think he'll play a critical role in the upcoming issues? >> i think he'll play a bit of a role. i think you saw the market clearly has built into the reaction the fact we're having discussions. the market has gone back up a bunch since that. look, the elements of a deal are largely there, assuming there's the wherewithal to push them through. i think there's probably a fairly good chance we can get something through the senate in the next not too long. the question will still become whether or not this can actually get through the house of representatives. >> right. >> it still -- again, i think you can see the path, the question is will members of the house republican caucus take yes for an answer, lock in sequestration cuts for a pretty decent amount of time. and quite frankly the single bigges party hemorrhaging for their image in recent memory. >> dee dee, the phrase "just take
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2013 7:00am PDT
democrats now the ones who are overreaching, perhaps overconfident now? >> well, mitch mcconnell was essentially blaming harry reid saying, look, at some point you have to agree to something. but senator susan collins, senator lisa murkowski on the republican side and senator joe manchin on the democratic side as well as a few other democrats have been in talks about a potential deal. but a group of democrats who have been in these talks put out a statement after mitch mcconnell said that saying, look, we haven't agreed to anything. we don't support the susan collins proposal in its current form, as manu was talking about, making it seem like republicans, i think, were sort of overhyping how close they were to a deal to try to pressure harry reid. but right now democrats are on offense. they have a lot of the momentum and republicans are starting to feel very, very nervous because they're seeing in the polls that the public is blaming them for the shutdown. >> now, susan collins' framework, and that's the way they are calling it at the moment, put out her own plan and more details an
CNN
Oct 14, 2013 1:00pm PDT
seems as though that's where the republican leader mitch mcconnell is going to present what we just told you, make sure it will fly. john boehner, we know, was in -- walking behind the offices in the capitol trying to avoid us but was back with mitch mcconnell getting a sense of what was going on here so it seems to be gelling rather fast. we'll see if the white house meeting ever even has to happen that was postponed at 3:00. >> john boehner, though, interests me more than mitch mcconnell even if mitch mcconnell is the one negotiating this deal with harry reid. is there any indication that house republicans are willing to go along with this deal that is being negotiated by the leader of the other body? >> reporter: that is really such a key question and key point, because they have been driving, the house republicans have been driving this train for two weeks and we have ended up where we are, with the government shut down and uncertainty just days away from the debt ceiling deadline. the answer to that is we don't know for sure, but it certainly appears that john boehner has said
CNN
Oct 14, 2013 11:00pm EDT
now in washington is not whether mitch mcconnell and harry reid are going to be able to strike a deal. i think people think that is going to happen and could pass the senate fairly overwhelming. will house republicans go for it? >> i think it's in the details. when i say the details it's not so much what are the different pieces that each party may contribute to the negotiation but what is the long term solution? is there a guarantee that both parties are going to work together? >> they say yes. >> there should be teeth in there. >> what are the teeth? >> things that would force them to come together. we have to get not just both houses but the parties to work together. >> in they don't have that would you not vote for it? or do you feel the pressure to -- >> my concern is with the debt that my kids have to take on. it's a big issue for me. >> let's talk about that right after this break. when we return now it's getting personal. congressman denham is sticking around. i'll ask about a targeted ad in his district back home. will the shutdown cost him his job. weekdays are for risi
MSNBC
Oct 16, 2013 5:30am EDT
in the day majority leader harry reid and senator mitch mcconnell put their proposal on hold to allow the house to act first. but after a full day of negotiations house speaker john boehner was not able to deliver the republican votes necessary to pass the bill after it was deemed unacceptable by many conservatives. democrats in particular were outraged that the house leadership for setting back negotiations about 24 hours and putting all of washington under intense pressure to strike a last-minute deal. >> we felt blindsided by the news by the house but this is isn't the first time. extremist republicans in the house are attempting to torpedo the senate's bipartisan progress with a bill that can't pass the senate, can't pass the senate and won't pass the senate. i'm very disappointed with john boehner who had once again tried to preserve his role at the expense of the country. >> the problem that we've got is that for speaker boehner, for example, him negotiating with me isn't necessarily good for the extreme faction in his caucus. it weakens them, so there have been repeated s
Al Jazeera America
Oct 13, 2013 1:00pm EDT
mitch mcconnell or patty murray, or susan collins, who has a plan on the table, extending the debt ceiling to 21 january, but requires changes to the affordable care act, known as obamacare. here is senator rob portman for you to listen to. he spoke on, "meet the press", and he said there's blame to be shared by politicians of all stripes in this town. take a look. >> there is fault on both sides. that's where we are, and that's why the president and leaders of congress ought to take the opportunity to deal with the problems, and keeping budget caps in place, put in place two years ago, we have added $2 trillion to the debt since then. >> the deadlock is locked down. republicans say now the democrats are talking about uncuting some of the cuts that were put into place by the sequester. that's new, something we have not heard of. we have to deal with it. democrats are saying, "look, reopen the government and we can talk". >> let's talk in facts here. sure, the polls do say that voters are miffed with both sides. but the polls clearly say that they are more miffed with republicans th
MSNBC
Oct 13, 2013 4:00am PDT
senate majority leader harry reid or nancy pelosi or mitch mcconnell in the senate. they're going to be looking to the president of the united states to solve the problem, to fix the emergency. and so that's why, you know, i think the next six days are going to be critical for the white house. >> well, some republicans on capitol hill saw the writing on the wall including john mccain who reacted to the poll on fox yesterday. actually, early today. here he is. >> look at the wall street journal poll. wall street journal is not a liberal organization. look at the poll this morning. 24% of the american people approve of republicans. that's an all-time low. we better wake up. we're in serious situation right here, and we better wake up and we better try to come to an agreement salvaging something out of this. >> david, it seems to me we're reaching -- again, i know we're pounding away at this. but a situation where john mccain has come out and said cruz you're out to lunch. these polls are real. stop blaming the ref. and you're beginning to look ridiculous. we have to accept reality. the po
Al Jazeera America
Oct 11, 2013 1:00pm EDT
the white house. this was the fourth and last group to meet with the participate. mitch mcconnell, he is the leader of senate republicans. he is an interesting figure. in past crises like this he and joe biden have gotten together and hashed this out and struck a deal that hasn't been to the liking of many. but this year he has largely stood on the side lines because he does have a challenger from the right in the commonwealth of kentucky, but he is inserting himself more and more into this process, and earlier before coming to the white house we spoke on the floor of the sen e senate. >> this will be a good opportunity to engage in a frank exchange of ideas with the president. if that's what he is looking for. but if all the president wants is to just drag us over there to say he won't negotiate that won't be particularly productive. >> the president will sign the six-week raising of the debt ceiling. but the senates will have their own idea, and that would be an extension for a full year, and that would take us past the elections for midterms of congress. >>> i understand there is n
Al Jazeera America
Oct 14, 2013 12:00pm EDT
that harry reed, senator mitch mcconnell and nancy pelosi, this is something that we'll watch for any progress to come out of. interesting to see that vice president biden willing present. he has been missing in action during this whole process. he was at camp david taking a bit of r&r, and that had a lot of people around here noticing, and the conventional wisdom is up to until now senate democrats have not wanted vice president biden in this process because senate democrats say they would hold a tougher line. they didn't want the white house giving away things and making concessions that they weren't ready to do. in congress you'll see the senate bring up this clean bill that would raise the debt ceiling. don't expect it to move again because they would need republican support. over in the house they're continuing this piecemeal approach where the house republicans will take one part of the federal government and try to find just that. today they're attacking native american and alaskan aid issues and a variety of issues from healthcare to education, and a group very concerned about
CBS
Oct 12, 2013 6:00pm PDT
other as negotiators. that is of course, mitch mcconnell and senator harry reid, the majority leader, negotiations are now between the two of them and it looks like that is where the deal is going to germinate, the question is always as to whether house republicans will go along. >> this week some poll numbers suggested historic lows for republicans in terms of favorability. what kind of role are poll numbers and public pressure playing at this point in the process? >> well, they are playing different roles on different people within the republican party. people who are looking at the national prospects of the republican party are horrified by these numbers, they are not surprised by them, they said this is what would happen if republicans took the confrontation route and closed the government down, it has happened. now, individual republican members, they are largely indifferent to these polls, what they are hearing from is their districts which tend to be very republican, very conservative. they are saying right on. stand tough. people who look nationally through the republi
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